Sydney man with COVID-19 charged after travelling to Byron Bay

A Sydney man has been charged after he allegedly travelled from Rose Bay in the city's eastern suburbs to the coastal town of Byron Bay, breaching coronavirus restrictions.

The 52-year-old has been accused of leaving Sydney "without a reasonable excuse and in contravention of the public health orders", NSW Police said today.

He is currently being treated for COVID-19 at Lismore Hospital. His two teenage sons have also tested positive for the virus.

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Byron Bay has been flagged as a potential exposure site after unconfirmed reports an infectious person from Queensland travelled there.

Assistant Commissioner Peter McKenna said the man will be served a Future Court Attendance Notice in hospital, with strict bail conditions.

He will appear at Lismore Local Court on September 13, 2021.

"Inquiries are ongoing in relation to this investigation," Assistant Commissioner McKenna said.

"I would appeal to all members of the community regardless of where you come from to abide by these public health orders.

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"It's the only way we're going to stop this virus from spreading on regional NSW and keep our community safe."

The 52-year-old allegedly left Sydney during lockdown in late July, saying he was looking for real estate – which is permitted under the health orders.

He then spent time in Byron and the surrounding areas on the NSW far-north coast while symptomatic.

His trip sparked a lockdown in Byron Shire, Richmond Valley, Lismore and Ballina Shire local government areas until at least August 17.

He isn't believed to have used any QR codes at any of the venues he visited during the journey and once in Byron.

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